I have a gorgeous, talented, “whole-package” of a horse who seems to either hate his job or showing (or both…) and I’m getting close to the end of my rope. He is well-behaved and very well-schooled on the flat but when we start jumping he will typically buck during and/or after a jump, or just shut down and park several strides before we even get to a jump. At home I can typically school him through it (we might end up stopping once or twice during a lesson but can get through a few courses successfully and end on a good note) however at shows the problem gets much worse.
For awhile we treated it as just a behavioral issue, so I took myself out of the picture for a bit and just let a professional school/show him and he was still misbehaving. After this we decided that it has to be a pain issue, so we’ve x-rayed, flexed him, had chiropractors, acupuncturists and a variety of other body work done and we’re coming up with nothing. He’s 100% sound, flexes great, x-rays look good and nothing drastic stood out to anyone else.
Suddenly we realized, wait- we should definitely scope him so he has an appointment for this week. Could this just be ulcers? If he does have ulcers and we treat him is there a chance that magically he’ll decide that he likes his job again?
Please, please, please, say yes and give me some hope!!